Lacazette Fires Bromwich

Lacazette Fires Bromwich

It was an Emirates returf for Kieran Gibbs who departed the Gunners for West Brom in the summer transfer window, as Arsenal hosted Gibbs and his new team West Brom. This was a must-win game for the home team after all the other big teams clinched 3 points during the weekend.
Mesut Ozil was declared fit to play in this match after missing a couple of games for the Gunners, amid wishes of fans to see a trio of Lacazette, Alexis and the German start a match for the Gunners but it wasn’t so on the night. The Gunners starting XI comprised of Petr Cech, Shkodran Mustafi, Laurent Koscielny, Nacho Monreal, Hector Bellerin, Granit Xhaka, Mohammed Elneny, Sead Kolasinac, Aaron Ramsey, Alexis Sanchez and Alexandre Lacazette, while the visitors had Ben Foster, Craig Dawson, Ahmed Hegazy, Johnny Evans, Kieran Gibbs, Gareth Barry, Grzegorz Krychowiak, Jake Livermore, Allan Nyom, Jay Rodriguez and Hal Robson-Kanu as their starting XI.
Our first-half performance was shaky and things would’ve gone sour for us as early as the 8th minute but all credit has to go to referee Robert Madley. Jay Rodriguez had a clear penalty denied by the referee when he was swept in the box by Mustafi but would pick himself up immediately after going down and thumbing an effort to the far post of Cech – who denied the player a goal with the slightest of touches to see the effort come off the woodwork.
Arsenal’s goal of the half came through our record signing in the 20th minute when we were awarded a foul on Elneny. Alexis Sanchez struck a beautiful free-kick which was pushed to the crossbar by Ben Foster, but a follow-up from Lacazette meant the Englishman’s effort was futile.
This is the third straight home match in the league that Lacazette has scored; he must really fancy the Emirates.
Soon after, Arsenal were left napping at the back as the visitors were denied yet another effort on goal but this time Monreal was Arsenal’s saving grace. Jay Rodriguez with the chance to level up the scoreline after his header had beaten Petr Cech and looked goal-bound, but a clearance from Nacho Monreal meant the score remained at 1-0.
Monreal has been in superb form for the Gunners this season and is an underrated player in the team. Prior to this match, the team’s last league fixture against Chelsea, for me was my Man of the Match and looked to have picked up from where he left off.
The second half was much better from Arsenal as they didn’t get caught out on the counter and in the 50th minute could’ve been 2-0 up. A breaking run from Kolasinac towards the opposition penalty area found Elneny who paved way for Lacazette to have an effort on goal but saw his effort deflected over the bar.
In the 66th minute, the referee awarded a penalty to Arsenal, when Nyom brushed Ramsey aside –in the process getting himself a yellow card. Lacazette made no mistake from the spot, with Ben Foster going the right way but the Frenchman had too much class for the Englishman. This is Lacazette’s fourth goal in the league campaign and it’s interesting to seeing him, Morata and Lukaku doing very well for their respective clubs.
He would’ve earned himself a hat-trick in this match but lost his balance after brilliantly controlling an Alexis pass but his effort was sky high.
Aaron Ramsey had the chance to increase the Gunners’ lead late in the match, but a fine save from Ben Foster meant the score remained 2-0 to the Gunners.

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